Each regularly scheduled and sanctioned club game may use one of its allocated club championships to conduct an IMP-scored knockout or round-robin team event, even though the club may normally conduct only pair games. Although IMP-scored events usually require several sessions to complete, they are charged against the club’s club championship allocation as only one session. When planning its club championship schedule, a club should consider the possible negative aspects of round-robin and knockout play. Normally, round-robin games require several sessions of play. Often it is difficult for team members to commit themselves to play for an extended time. A disadvantage of knockout games is that losers are automatically eliminated from the event.

For these reasons, a club may prefer to run one-or two-session club championships as Swiss or board-a-match team events. In these cases, each session used counts as a session of the club’s club championship allocation.

If the event has masterpoint restrictions (except restrictions that limit participation to players who hold more than a stipulated number of masterpoints), or restrictions on the composition of partnerships or teams, the masterpoint awards are computed on the basis of a restricted masterpoint game.

At the conclusion of the event, the sponsoring club issues all awards. Players are entitled to either their overall awards or the sum of their match (or session) awards, whichever is greater, but not both. Masterpoint awards for club championships are given in the appropriate point award chart.

A club that conducts only round-robin or knockout team games during a specific session is eligible to conduct four club championship sessions annually. They may be held as one-session pair games or as a team game with club championship rating. Each such session is chargeable against the club’s club championship allocation. The club may designate a round-robin or knockout team event completed during a calendar quarter as a club championship. In this case, the event is charged as one session of the club’s club championship allocation even though the event was run over several sessions. In no case may a club complete more than one club championship during the same calendar quarter of the year.

Per game session and per table sanction fees are assessed. If the club championship is conducted simultaneously with another game at the club, the club pays only one game fee, regardless of the number of different games being held. ACBL charges the table fee for every table in play in all games conducted during a game session. The club must report sanction fees on the regular Monthly Report Form and must include payment when submitting the form to ACBL. When a club conducts an event in which matches are played over several game sessions, it must list each session under the proper session number on the form.

A. ROUND-ROBIN AND KNOCKOUT TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The minimum number of teams required for a round-robin team championship is three; for a knockout team championship, five.

With nine or more teams, a club may conduct one or two qualifying sessions of Swiss or round-robin competition. The use of qualifying rounds is subject to the following regulations: when there are fewer than 9 teams, qualifying is not permitted; with 9 to 31 teams, at least 8 must be qualified; with 32 to 63 teams, at least 16 must be qualified; and with more than 63 teams, at least 32 must be qualified.

When a Swiss or round-robin team competition is used to qualify teams to a further competition, overall masterpoint awards are based on the greater of a) Swiss award based on the number of original entries and the number of sessions, or b) the knockout award based on the number of qualifying teams. These awards are issued from the appropriate charts. There are no overall awards for qualifying rounds; however, the club does issue appropriate match awards.

ROUND-ROBIN OVERALL MASTERPOINT AWARDS: These awards are based on the number of sessions played or on the following, whichever is less: three teams, maximum awards from the two-session chart: four teams, maximum awards from the three-session chart; five teams, maximum awards from the four-session chart; six teams, maximum awards from the five-session chart; seven or more teams, maximum awards from the six-session chart.

KNOCKOUT OVERALL MASTERPOINT AWARDS: These awards are based on the number of teams that enter the event and the number of boards they play per match. If individual matches consist of fewer than 18 boards, the club computes the awards as though the event were a round-robin. Overall masterpoint awards for knockout events are shown in the appropriate chart.

B. BOARD-A-MATCH TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The minimum number of teams required for a board-a-match team championship event is three. The event may have one or two sessions.

C. SWISS TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The minimum number of teams required for a Swiss team championship is three; however, if there are fewer than eight teams, ACBL recommends the use of the round-robin team format. The duration of the event is one or two sessions. There are several special regulations that apply only to two-session Swiss team club championships-they do not apply to any other type of event.

TWO-SESSION SWISS TEAMS BY CLUBS SANCTIONED FOR TWO OR MORE GAMES: A club holding two or more games per week, and entitled to one or more sessions of club championship events for each game, may conduct a two-session Swiss team club championship at different sessions (game times), with one session of club championship charged against each game session. For example, a club operating both a Saturday afternoon (session 17) and a Saturday evening sanctioned game (session 18) may conduct a two session Swiss team club championship with one session on Saturday afternoon and the other on Saturday evening. One session is charged against game number 17 and the other against game number 18. Thus, a club could operate a number of two session Swiss team club championships each year if it is willing to forgo the various pair event club championships for those game sessions.

TWO-SESSION SWISS TEAMS CO-SPONSORED BY TWO DIFFERENT CLUBS: Two separate and distinct clubs may band together to co-sponsor a two-session Swiss team club championship, with one session of club championship charged against each club. For example, a Tuesday night club and a Friday night club decide to co-sponsor a two-session Swiss team club championship. The first session is run in the Tuesday club’s quarters, and the second session in the Friday club’s quarters, with both sessions held at regular club times. Both clubs are mutually responsible for issuing all awards. Each club reports the session held in its quarters on its Monthly Report Form and remits the standard game payment plus a per table fee.